Plot: In the wake of a disaster known as Invertia, the Integrated Enterprise Foundation takes control. The city of Asterisk is segmented into six academy districts. At each school, the students, many of them super-powered "Genestella", compete in games known as Festas.
Ayato Amagiri has come to Seidokan Academy looking for answers to what happened to his missing older sister. After certain
harem antics events lead to his meeting with Princess Julis-Alexia von Riessfeld, Ayato becomes the wielder of a special weapon and teams up with Julis to fight in the Festas. (B-)
Harem bait Main character is likable but flat. Some characters are simply there as harem stereotypes. (B-)
Artwork & Animation: A-
Voice Acting: B+
Objectionable Content: Suggestive themes/innuendo, blood, profanity
Harem This is based on a light novel that apparently has a number of clones. Another light novel adaptation with nearly the same first episode aired at the same time. The fanservice-laden harem antics get old pretty quick. (I can deal with it to a point, but when they shove it down your throat as blatantly as this does for really no good reason, it leaves a bad taste in my mouth.) As far as actual story goes, Asterisk does have some redeeming qualities. And some of the characters do develop in nice ways. Unfortunately, for this one, the negative aspects (including some later plot elements) outweigh the positive.
Overall Score: B
Plot: Atsushi is an outcast spurned as someone who brings only misfortune to others. When he has no place to go, he stumbles across a man who is attempting suicide and rescues him. That man is Dazai, a member of a special detective agency whose agents all have special abilities. When Atsushi discovers that he has powers of his own, Dazai hires him on as a member of the Armed Detective Agency... (B+)
Artwork & Animation: B
Voice Acting: B+
Objectionable Content: Blood, suggestive themes/innuendo, profanity
Other: If you're looking for something a little bit different from the norm, this will probably satisfy you. It's a nice mix of detective story and shonen battle manga.
A couple uncomfortable elements from the manga are really played-up and uncomfortable in the anime, though. (Be ready to fastforward through an extremely stomach turning incest joke in the third ep -- in the book, it didn't seem to be dwelt on to this extent, but I'm taking off points in Recommendation for this.)
Overall Score: B
Plot: After meeting a mysterious traveler, an orphan named Koharu joins Norn, a ship that is home to a team a gifted teens. Koharu is afraid of her own power to wield destructive flames. But she immediately becomes attached to a young man named Kakeru whose power is to grow plants. When Norn comes under attack, the team learns that there may well be a spy among their ranks... (C+)
Characters: The main character is a "Mary Sue" type, and supporting characters are flat (C-)
Art & Animation: A
Voice Acting: A-
Objectionable Content: profanity, suggestive themes, blood
Other: Norn9 is apparently based on an otome game. The setting and premise are intriguing, and with an idea like this, they could have made something very good. BUT...
The heroine is the closest to a "Mary Sue" character that I have ever seen in a series -- she's an almost obvious self-insert love interest to the male lead, Kakeru. Though it's fairly apparent early on who will end up paired off with who, the show still squanders too much of its time playing matchmaker with the characters and info-dumps almost all of the important plot information in a couple of episodes near the end. Because of the poor storytelling, a series that could have been good ends up being an extremely confusing (but beautiful to look at) mess. And the characters are too flat for the audience to really get invested in them.
Overall Score: B- (If not for the pretty visuals and music, this would easily have fallen into the C range.)
Plot: In the future, mankind has discovered a dimension beyond the three now known -- Dimension W. From this dimension, scientists have discovered a new kind of inexhaustible energy and developed devices called "coils" to harness it. The use of illegal unregistered coils is on the rise, and bounty hunters known as "collectors" are tasked with retrieving them.
Kyouma Mabuchi is one such collector. He hates coils, but his sharp skills make up for any technological disadvantages he may have. Kyouma's job is about to get a lot more complicated when he encounters an android named Mira, who is connected to Dr. Yurizaki, a prominent New Tesla scientist who went missing years ago. (A)
Art & Animation: Uses some odd background shortcuts. B+
Voice Acting: A
Objectionable Content: blood, profanity, suggestive themes/fan service
Other: I started to read the manga before the anime came out. The anime had a couple of awkward points where it got really confusing, but overall, it was enjoyable.
Overall Score: B+
Plot: "Revival" -- Satoru Fujinuma has the mysterious ability to jump back in time. Usually, the ability triggers before something bad happens, and he can only jump back by a few minutes. But when Satoru comes home one day to find that his mother has been killed, a "revival" takes him back 18 years, to when he was only an elementary school student. This was the year that a series of child abductions took place -- two of the victims were his classmates. If this was the starting point of fixing his future, Satoru would have to prevent the kidnappings -- starting with his classmate, Kayo Hinazuki. (A)
Art & Animation: A
Voice Acting: A+
Objectionable Content: blood, profanity
Other: Adapted from a manga called, "Boku Dake ga Inai Machi" (The town without me). I have only watched the anime.
It's a sci-fi/thriller in the vein of movies like "Frequency" and "Deja Vu". Erased is anything but predictable, and it keeps you on your toes (and on the edge of your seat) from start to finish.
Overall Score: A